A stage and screen writer with an unabashed socialist ideology, Trevor Griffiths is best known as co-writer of "Reds", the 1981 feature film based on the lives of John Reed and Louise Bryant directed...
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 7: Rejoice||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|Singing the Blues in Red||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 1: Poles Apart||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 2: Minor Diversions||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 3: Leading Men||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 4: Gentlemen and Players||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 5: The Glories of the Race||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|The Last Place on Earth, Episode 6: Forgone Conclusion||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|Singing the Blues in Red||Actor||n/a||1|
|The Cherry Orchard (1998-1999)||Writer||n/a||1998||4000005|
|The Last Place on Earth (1984-1985)||Writer||n/a||1984||4000005|
|Breakthrough stage play, "Comedians"; transferred to Broadway in 1976|
|Wrote first radio play, "The Big House"|
|Began writing the screenplay for "Reds" with Warren Beatty|
|Adapted D H Lawrence's novel "Sons and Lovers" as a BBC miniseries|
|Wrote TV series "Bill Brand" for Thames|
|Was education officer for the BBC|
|Worked as teacher|
|Had first play, "The Wages of Thin", produced|
|Broadway debut, "Comedians"|
|Served in British army|
|Scripted "Fatherland", directed by Kenneth Loach|
|Wrote TV series "The Last Place on Earth"|
|"Reds", with script co-written and directed by Warren Beatty, released; earned Oscar nomination|
From a working-class background, Griffiths taught, lectured and edited the NORTHERN VOICE magazine before joining the BBC in 1965 as an education officer. While there, he began writing radio plays, including his first, "The Big House" (1969). That same year, Griffiths had his first play, the politically-themed "The Wages of Thin", produced and thereafter concentrated on working in the theater. His breakthrough stage vehicle was "Comedians" (1975), which featured Jonathan Pryce. After "Comedians" played Broadway in 1976, Beatty asked him to collaborate on the screenplay for "Reds". Despite that film's acclaim, it was five years before Griffiths scripted another film. He wrote "Fatherland/Singing the Blues in Red", a political film directed by Kenneth Loach centering on an East German folk singer who is deported to the West.
While Griffiths film work has been limited, his TV work, particularly in the 70s, has been more extensive. He worked on the 1971 series "Adam Smith," based on the book about a minister searching for the meaning of life. He wrote the 1976 series, "Bill Brand", a Thames TV production about the problems in the life of a left-wing member of Parliament. Griffiths also adapted D H Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers" as a miniseries in 1981, the same year he adapted Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" for the BBC. His 1985 series, "The Last Place on Earth", offered a six-part dramatic look at the Scott vs. Amundsen race for the discovery of the South Pole.
|Janice Stansfield||Wife||married in 1960 until her death in 1977|
|Griffiths has been involved in writing a biopic of Maude Gonne since 1995.|
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